Former Delaware pediatrician Earl Bradley will spend the rest of his life in prison for committing horrific acts of sexual abuse against scores of young patients over more than a decade, a judge ruled Friday.
Bradley, 58, showed no emotion as Judge William Carpenter Jr. sentenced him to 14 life sentences without parole on 14 counts of first-degree rape. Bradley also was sentenced to more than 160 years in prison on multiple counts of assault and sexual exploitation of a child.
Under state law, a life sentence is mandatory for a person convicted of rape against three or more separate victims.
"You will never be in a position to harm a child again," Carpenter told Bradley, saying the serial pedophile had violated the trust of his patients and their families, the morals of the southern Delaware community of Lewes, and his oath as a medical professional to do no harm to his patients.
Before sentencing Bradley, the judge addressed the families of his victims, some of whom have struggled with broken relationships stemming from their ordeal and feelings of guilt for allowing the doctor to be alone with their children.
"You must realize that you are not at fault, and that you and your children have done nothing wrong," Carpenter said.
Some women in the courtroom wept as prosecutor Paula Ryan recounted Bradley's crimes and asked Carpenter to impose the maximum sentences, saying "every minute of every day should be as difficult as possible for Earl Bradley to endure "
"No amount of jail time, no punishment, will ever be sufficient enough to compensate for the damage that Earl Bradley did to these children, to their families, to the community in Lewes, to medical and health care professionals, to every single person in the state of Delaware," Ryan said.
Bradley, who escaped prosecution following two previous police investigations of complaints of improper contact with patients, was arrested in December 2009 after a 2-year-old girl complained to her mother following an office visit that the doctor had hurt her.
Acting on the complaint, investigators arrested Bradley and searched his office complex, decorated with Disney themes and miniature amusement park rides. They seized dozens of homemade videos from an outbuilding where Bradley had lured patients with promises of treats and toys.
At a one-day nonjury trial in June, prosecutors presented testimony from two police investigators and gave Carpenter more than 13 hours of videos showing sex crimes against more than 80 victims, most of whom were toddlers.